Custom Restroom Sign

Some people find that using stock signs for their bathrooms is okay, however there are also a like number of individuals and businesses who think that a customized restroom sign is best for their needs. Some of the reasons why these people decide to go with custom signs for their restrooms include the reason that they want these to look different from other signs used for bathrooms, and they want their restroom signage to have the same design lines as the rest of the signs they use in their establishment.

With this mindset, you can also customize your own restroom signs – to either look different from other bathroom signage, or to have these have a similar appearance as your other signs. You need to know how to do so without skewing away from the rules that need to be followed for these signs. Even when you customize these, the ADA still requires that you adhere to the rules that are set for such signage.

Since these signs are part of the signs that are considered permanent room signs, you will need to ensure that these have the following features on them:

  • Tactile characters, pictograms and Braille translations – this is one of the stringent rules that need to be followed when it comes to permanent room signs, which is what your restroom sign is. Tactile characters, tactile pictograms, and the translation of either of these two in Braille directly beneath them should always be present on these signs even when these are customized.
  • Proper fonts – while you are customizing your sign, you should be aware that the fonts you can choose from for such an endeavor need to belong to a list that is approved by the ADA. The type of font that can be used for this particular type of sign is one that is sans serif. There are quite a number of fonts that are sans serif, so you won’t really be wanting for choices in this department. You also need to ensure that these sans serif fonts are not in italics, and you don’t try to tweak these to look fancy since these characters need to be easy to read.
  • Proper color contrast – the right color contrast for a restroom sign, or for any type of permanent room sign for that matter, is set at 70%. This means that the contrast between the background and the characters on the sign need to be 70% darker or lighter than the other. You can choose to have your background be lighter or darker, as long as you ensure that these are within the prescribed percentage set by the government. While some people may think that restroom signs can only be in blue and white, there are actually quite a number of choices you can go through for your own bathroom signage.
  • Using a non-gloss or non-glare finish – the reason behind needing to use a finish that is non-gloss or non-glare is to avoid the reflective qualities such finishes have. When light reflects off of a sign, it makes this difficult to read, which is against what the ADA is all about. You need to ensure that your sign has a matte finish or non-reflective finish in order for this particular restroom sign to be considered ADA compliant, even when it is a customized one.

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